IEEE 51th European Solid-State Device Research Conference


IEEE 47th European Solid-State Circuits Conference

ESSCIRC ESSDERC 2021 Educational Events will only be available online starting from Monday 6 September 2021 (time TBA).
Access will continue through Tuesday 30 NOVEMBER (23:59 CET) when online events will conclude and access will end. 

Live Executive Sessions will be held on 20 and 21 September (exact planning TBC): speakers will be present in their respective live session, providing a summary of their talk and answering questions from the audience.
Instructions on how to access the Educational Events and the Live Executive Sessions will be sent in due time to all registered attendees.
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Emerging Solutions for Sensors & Imagers
Chairs: Robert Henderson (University of Edinburgh) and Mirjana Banjevic (Sensirion)

Devices and circuits enabling the path towards 6G
Chairs: Stefan Andersson (Ericsson) and Nadine Collaert (imec)

Advances in device technologies for automotive industry
Chairs: Stefaan Decoutere (imec) and Frederic Allibert (Soitec)

This workshop is intended at teaching the audience about the various power electronics technologies for next generations of cars. It will give an overview of what is expected of power devices and circuits, and introduce the research directions as well as latest advances in device architecture and fabrication, the innovations in packaging techniques and the progress made in circuits to improve their efficiency and reliability.
Atomistic simulations supporting new materials & process developments
Chairs: Philippe Blaise (Silvaco) and Denis Rideau (STMicrolectronics)

Toward sustainable IOT from rare materials to big data
Chairs: Audrey DIEUDONNE (CEA), Francis Balestra (INPG) and Pascale Caulier (INPG)

High Density 3D CMOS Mixed-Signal Opportunities
Chair: Philipp Häfliger (University of Oslo)

Emerging monolithic/sequential 3D integration of CMOS circuits reaches high interconnection densities of close to 108 interconnections per mm2.
Consequently, inter-tier vias do no longer require any significant sacrifice of layout space. Combining 3D CMOS tiers of different technology nodes offers now a unique opportunity for cost effective and high performance mixed signal architectures in particular. The WS will present technology development and architecture show cases of the 3D-MUSE EU-project (https://www.3dmuse.eu).

IPCEI on Microelectronics: Innovative Technologies for Shaping the Future (click on the title to see the program)
Chair: Dominique Thomas (STMicrolectronics)

Programmatic Analog IC design: Back to the Future?
Chairs: Mirjana Videnovic-Misic and Thomas Brandtner (Infineon)

Over the past ten years there has been growing interest in generator-based circuit design, in context of both analog and digital designs. Analog generators have been considered for ages, but is it different this time? In this workshop we address recent progress of “programmatic analog IC design”. The workshop covers not only recent examples on analog generator-based design, but also presents various methodologies that utilize generic programming languages towards analog IC design. That enables algorithmic design optimization and the control of traditional design and verification flows and tools to fully exploit the power of collaborative methodologies, widely used in software development. The programmatic approach in IC hardware design also raises questions related to enabling and managing collaborative development and open licensing of hardware. This design paradigm requires new skills of IC designers and will drastically alter their education framework. These and other questions will be discussed during the round table at the end of the workshop.

2D and 3D Multi-die Integration: Design Challenges and Best Practices
Chairs: Farhana Sheikh (Intel), Pascal Chevalier (STMicrolectronics)

SOI technology and design challenges for RF and mmWave: from Front-End Modules to SoC
Chairs: Yvan Morandini (Soitec) and Eric Mercier (CEA)

RF-SOI technology is becoming a standard for cellular and connectivity RFFE technologies across the last ten years. Fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) is gaining ground and setting low power and RF/mmW technology standards. RF/mmW systems are facing new challenges across a number of new markets, such as IoT, automotive, 5G from sub 6GHz to millimeter wave bands. SOI technology offers remarkable device performances in terms of power, performance, area and cost tradeoffs (PPAC). In high-data rate communications like RF and millimeter-wave devices,RF-SOI and FD-SOI enable high performance platforms from RF Front End to System On Chip including numerous unique advantages making it most likely the best in class RF-CMOS technologies on the market. This technical workshop will cover the RF-SOI and FD-SOI technology platforms with a focus on its compatibility with RF & mmWave communications. Attendees will hear from SOI experts from leading industry and research institutions presenting updates on key SOI technology developments and building blocks across the semiconductor value chain. Topics will include substrate material and  device fundamentals, modeling and simulation and characterization of RF/mmW devices and circuits. The workshop will give an overview about how SOI technology is benefiting current and future broad end user applications.

Devices and Circuits for Electro-Optics
Chairs: Filip Tavernier (KU Leuven) and Wouter Diels (Fraunhofer)

Circuit and systems for RF/mm-wave sensing 
(click on the title to see the program)
Chair: Vojkan Vidojkovic (TU Eindhoven)
In the last decade wireless communications experienced exponential growth. Number of connected devices exceed the number of people on earth and the data rates can be as high as 1GB/s. The next wave in wireless technology will be about sensing the environment. The applications are very versatile. They start with automotive industry with  well known car radar and driver monitoring. Next, there are many applications in industry that are related to non-destructive material testing.  Finally, we could use sensing in food control, for improving efficiency in agriculture and in many medical applications for diagnostics. From semiconductor technology and design perspective   a lot of progress has been made to gain speed, reliability and design flows that guarantee first-time right mm-wave circuits. The idea of this educational session is to approach RF/mm-wave sensing from application, system and circuit perspective. The goal is to get clear picture about potential of the field, system requirements and challenges and finally how to address them from circuit perspective.

Hardware security
Chairs: Ikeda-san (Tokyo University), Nele Mentens (KU Leuven)

Dissemination ULTIMATE 
From InP bipolar transistors to electro-optical (E/O) modulators: Innovations in devices, THz measurements, compact modeling and circuits

Chairs: Cristell MANEUX (IMS Bordeaux) and Virginie Nodjiadjim (III-V Lab)

Today, the ever growing communication services such as remote work, e-learning, e-healthcare and intensification of social relations supported by massive data transmission, give a new impulse to further investigate various methods to increase transmission network capacities with Tb/s/channel objective. This workshop will give insights into different key aspects of the device-to-circuit value chain highlighting the need for devices combining very high symbol rate multi-level signal generation with large output swing to efficiently drive electro-optical (E/O) modulators.
A variety of novel (i) InP DHBT devices –both InGaAs and Sb types-, (ii) calibration and measurement approaches, (iii) physics-based device simulation coupled methods including compact model and (iv) state-of-the-art E/O modulator results are covered in this workshop.
The consistency of the whole value chain leads, for instance, to very-high-symbol-rate PAM (or QAM) modulation formats.